South Africa

Durban - Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa says "exam fever" is the best analogy to explain how government is feeling with just few days left to the start of COP17.

Durban - The number of solar water geysers installed throughout the country since the start of COP17 reached more than 8 500 on Friday, surpassing the initial target of 8 000, says Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel.

Durban - The European Union (EU) has joined forces with the least developed countries (LDCs) and the Alliance of Small Island States (ASOSIS) to try to push key players for an ambitious outcome at COP17.

Cape Town - Despite stiff opposition, Parliament's National Assembly has voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Protection of State Information Bill.

Durban - As the climate change conference in Durban nears its end, negotiators are not throwing in the towel yet, and are optimistic some kind of a deal may be reached before the end of Friday.

Pretoria - The Presidency has announced changes to the composition of the Commission of Inquiry into the arms deal and the Board of Inquiry investigating allegations of misconduct against suspended National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele.

Cape Town - The Department of Basic Education has announced plans to eradicate 50 mud schools in the Eastern Cape by March next year.

Pretoria - The Presidency has noted media reports on the concerns of former President Thabo Mbeki about the utterances of the newly-appointed head of the Special Investigating Unit, Willem Heath.

Pretoria - Newly appointed Communications Minister Dina Pule has set her energy on ensuring that South Africa meets its digital broadcasting obligations in the next three years, despite funding challenges to the get the project finalised.

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma will on Thursday roll out the red carpet for his Benin counterpart Boni Yayi, who will be in the country on a state visit.

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Abuja, Nigeria, for a visit aimed at strengthening relations between the two countries.

Ermelo - Sixteen families from Chrissiesmeer, Ermelo, are likely to never forget this year's 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign.

Cape Town - About 11 000 police officers across the country have been trained to use new technology to track down vandals stealing cables from Metrorail.

Cape Town - Government and civil society have partnered to launch a unique "climate change train" to criss-cross the country raising awareness on changing weather patterns ahead of COP 17 in Durban.

Ermelo - As the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign drew to a close on Saturday, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has warned that government would not rest until justice is done.

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